To lower the risk of
recurrent outbreaks, reduce or avoid things that trigger outbreaks, such as
fatigue, stress, overexposure to sun, and irritation of the genital area.
Coping with your feelings
Finding out that you have genital herpes may cause you to
have negative thoughts or feelings about yourself or about sex, such as:
Feeling ashamed or
Being afraid of the consequences of the
Being angry at the person who infected
Feeling frustrated with treatment or recurrent
Feeling scared to have sex.
A counselor or support groups for people with herpes may be
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August 14, 2013
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